2017 Field Trips
Ste. Genevieve, Mo
On October 15th, club members, family members and friends visited Historic Ste. Gen to discover what lovely photos could be found around this well-kept, much loved town. The first order of business was meeting with our re-enactor tour guide Mickey Koetting and Ste. Genevieve trolley driver Russ, both of whom greeted us with warm welcomes and gave us an absolutely wonderful 45 minute history tour of the town. From there we went to the Southern Hotel's garden area, which had a little pathway that led you past yard ornaments and the last roses of the season. Our next stop was the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church with it's beautiful stained glass windows, marble and granite features and interesting doors. Then we headed to lunch at the The Old Brick House restaurant where we enjoyed their tasty Sunday buffet. After lunch we headed out to the Memorial Cemetery which was bathed in mid-afternoon sun and shadowed by the large old trees that have borne witness to much Ste. Gen's history. When we finished at the cemetery our trolley returned us to the Welcome Center and from there some of us went to various shops to see what else we would find. One of the treats was Sara's Ice Cream shop, where the last handmade ice cream of the season could be purchased for $1 per 1 or 2 scoops. We also visited the old movie theater that has been remodeled and features the fronts of two historic Ste. Genevieve homes. There are so many interesting shops, galleries and historic places that you could easily spend several days exploring the town. We couldn't have asked for better weather and had a most enjoyable time. If you've never been to Ste. Gen, you may want to add it to your list of places to visit as it holds many treasures just waiting for you photograph them.
Field Trip To "Fort De Chartres"
Bonne Terre & Park Hills
In July our members headed down to Bonne Terre & Parkhills visiting the Space Museum, The Railway Depot and the Missouri Mines. New & Veteran members shared their love for photography with the locals. When this group of people get together only wonderful things come of it.
The weather couldn't have been better I am sure those that went have hundreds of photographs to go through what a perfect thing to do while a dangerous heat wave visits this week.
Missouri State Penitentiary Jefferson City MO.
Mid May of this year some of our members left this last Sunday morning just after dawn to visit once again the Mo. State Penitentiary but this time instead of a history tour those making the trip would be apart of the "Photographic Tour" which was a dream come true. We had time to linger, for those afraid of heights there was time to make it all the way down cell row on THE FOURTH FLOOR "What a heart beater" but I did it I was so proud and I walked across the gang way that runs from side to side across the building. Our tour guide was patient and so informative on any history aspects he was asked. We were able to go places never gone before on the history tour. We had great time and even manage to do a little ghost hunting. No spirit orbs were taken by myself or our newest member Leah Nathe, but near the infamous cell # 76 an oppressive blanket fell upon a few of our members, light headed, short of breath, sickness to their stomach and the ability of walking past the cell was taken from them. Pretty Freaky huh.... It was so cool to be a witness to the history.......................
Warm Springs Ranch Home of the Budweiser Clydesdales
Our trip to Warm Springs Ranch home and breeding facility for the Budweiser Clydesdale planned by Vice President Leah Villmer couldn't have come at a better time the pastures were full of baby Clydesdales.
What a beautiful operation illuminated with class, class, class.
Our members toured the barns, had a complimentary Budweiser beer and they were lucky enough to be turned lose taking advantage of the beautiful day. The Stallions were out in their paddocks, the geldings had their own pasture and then the Mare and foals had their own fields.
If the newest foals and their mothers in the barn weren't cute enough then there were those just a month older out for nothing but fun and frolicking in the sunshine under a blue bird sky.